God’s use of Padre Pio to miraculously intercede with others was so well known that the people in the area had a profound, even absurd, attachment to him. When it was said that Padre Pio might be transferred to a different location, the local people attempted to prevent it by threatening violence if he were transferred. This was, of course, a terrible and sinful decision on the part of these people. It serves to show, however, that Padre Pio’s miraculous intercession was well-known among the people.
In August 1923, Padre Pio’s superiors told him he was going to be transferred. On August 10, 1923, a man named Donato came up to Padre Pio and pointed a gun at him, saying, “Dead or alive, you’re going to stay with us here in this village.” Instantly, the people surrounded Donato and disarmed him.
People used to snip pieces of Padre Pio’s habit and keep the pieces as relics. Padre Pio said about this: “Look at what they do! This is paganism! I have to be harsh with them.”
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